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Music Reviews


MUSIC REVIEWS
The Indie Music Review Board brings you daily reviews of new and classic independent (indie) music albums, singles, mixtapes, music videos and compilations, similar artist suggestions, free streaming, and music download links for the ultimate music discovery experience.


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Your 2022 Winners Anthem


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R&B REVIEWS


16-01-2022 15:21 GMT


Music Reviews (January 2022) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming R&B artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie R&B performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Tamara Bubble on Soundcloud | Spotify


Tamara Bubble

"Wayward"
R&B


Your 2022 winners anthem.

Really big song by New York sensation Tamara Bubble. If you've been following this exciting fast-rising independent Brooklyn rapper slash singer slash pop star in the making, then you don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you what to expect here – nothing but excellence. And excellence is exactly what you get. If you haven't been following her already, where the hell have you been and what have you been listening to? She's only the best thing to happen in rap music since it became acceptable to wear a thong on television. This one’s got a more melodic feel than most of her recent releases and does well to showcase her R&B performance style in all its glory. This is one of those songs that will always do well to pick you up when you are feeling like you are fighting a losing battle, and give you that extra push at the gym or when you need it most in your endeavors. It’s a track about believing in yourself - the most important thing in life

Cryptocurrency


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REGGAE REVIEWS


28-10-2021 17:04 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Reggae artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Reggae performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Honorebel on Apple Music | Spotify


Honorebel

"Cryptocurrency"
Reggae


Put your money where your mouth is.

After less than a month, as the case has been since the start of his illustrious independent music career over a decade ago, the king of Miami, Florida’s independent reggae music scene, and one of the Southeast’s hardest working reggae musicians by any standards returned to the spotlight with a hot new record back in February. Needless to say, the track was right on the money (get it?) and “Cryptocurrency” is still spinning out of control on some the region’s most highly respected turntables. 

So what can one expect from what has been called  one of the most relevant reggae tracks of all time? Well, Everything! of course. Danceable, tropical, sensible in terms of lyrical content, but most importantly contextually, it touches on one of the most important changes mankind has faced since the Barter economies, which date as far back as 6000 BC, when people exchanged goods and services for, well, other goods and services. Would it be sexist to think women were probably the richest people on the planet then, or would that just be filthy? Okay let’s not say then, moving on… In case you were wondering, that was where the tagline of this review “put your money where your mouth is” came from, one of the filthy, filthy minds around here. To cut a long story short, this is one of those songs you play on the way to the bank with a pocket full of money or on the way back from the bank, with a pocket full of money of course. Oh wait, no one even goes to the bank anymore – so, play this when you open up your mobile banking app or your digital currency account or whatever money thingies you use to look at the manifestations of your hard (or not so hard) work. Once the Afro rhythms and the warm, feelgood vibes have embedded themselves deeply in your very essence, the only word coming out of your mouth would be that typical of an African left speechless in the most extreme of moments of wonderment, disbelief or enjoyment – Chai!! 

Love Hurts


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COUNTRY REVIEWS


18-10-2021 16:36 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Country artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Country performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Christie Huff on Apple Music | Spotify


Christie Huff

"Canvas"
Country


For your broken heart

Unrequited love really hurts, or at least so we've heard. If you are anything like us, the beautiful, wild, immortal sex gods and goddesses here in the Skunk Radio Live writers’ room, then you’ve probably and will obviously never know what that feels like. So here is a song to give you an idea, from a woman’s perspective. 

In her critically acclaimed April 2020 single, California’s emerging country pop music sensation talks about love once again and takes listeners on a musical escapade through the trials and tribulations of a broken heart. The track was written all the way back in 2017 when she first performed an acoustic version during her web series “Christie’s Couch Sessions”. 

So Sweet It'll Make You Weep


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FOLK REVIEWS


12-10-2021 01:55 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Folk artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Folk performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Wylder on |


Wylder

"Kings Of Summer"
Folk


A sweet summer song that will haunt your winter dreams

After such a disturbing year filled with so much uncertainty; good, honest, positive music is all any and everyone wants to invest their precious time in now. Nothing slow and sad like the times dictate, but nothing that will make you feel like Alice, in Wonderland, when you know it’s not real, and almost everything that Is in fact real now kind of sucks at least a little bit, and may never ever be the same again for that matter. 

Released back in the summer of 2020, this warm, exciting record is uplifting and soothing in ways you’ll never really be able to explain to anyone. It’s got a pure, refreshing vibe and a groove that will have you on cloud 9 without actually having to go anywhere (err, err, sound familiar? quick, pack some snacks). Sunny, down to earth and deceptively lowkey, it will instantaneously whisk you away to a happy and peaceful place in your mind where the only thing that matters is celebrating the sun. It won’t grab you by the shoulders and shake you vigorously while screaming at you to look alive and just Dance! It’s one of those compassionate and understanding tracks that will massage your soul softly and relentlessly at the same time until you inevitably give in and let go. Times may be hard now but don’t worry, everything will be alright. You already found the perfect song to get you through another Covid day, and your second Covid summer; so obviously you are on the right track (pun intended, too easy). Hopefully you’ll get through the day without somebody sneezing and sending you straight into panic mode, where you probably just escaped from. Enjoy. 

Magic!


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ELECTRONIC REVIEWS


22-09-2021 23:26 GMT


Music Reviews (September 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Electronic artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Electronic performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie music producer, The Watermark High on Apple Music | Spotify


The Watermark High

"Komorebi"
Electronic


Magic!

Have you ever noticed the sunlight filtering through the leaves of a tree at just the right angle to see each ray of light in all its glory?

Well, that’s what the Japanese call Komorebi. It is an untranslatable word used to describe nostalgia and melancholy that comes with longing for something or someone that is far away or unreachable. If you’ve ever gotten really horny when your girlfriend was at work – that’s Komorebi. If you’ve ever gotten hungry for McDonald’s after seeing a TV ad and then realized you don’t get paid for a week, that’s Komorebi. If you are in love with a celebrity you know you’ll never meet, let alone get to kiss – you guessed right, Komorebi. If you need to take a huge dump and your train is delayed? That’s not Komorebi, you’re just screwed, he-he-he. 

But wait, what’s the deal with this record? Is it in fact Komorebi? Hit the play button now and let’s see (oops! let's hear, I mean). Wait, wait, not yet. Wouldn’t you like to know what inspired the track? Of course you would. Here is the link to The Watermark High’s blog post about what led to the creation of the record back in July 2020:  [read full post]. Yep, you guessed right, something to do with Covid, obviously. 

Okay hit the play button now and let’s do this. 

The first thing you’ll notice at the start of the record is it sounds like nostalgia, it’s like you are being instantly whisked away into your memories and you don’t know where you are going. What the heck right? All you wanted to do was listen to a good song, time travel wasn’t in your plans, but it’s too late. It even vaguely feels like those backward sensations you feel in the back of your heavy head when you’ve had too much to drink and you are regretting it while trying not to think of throwing up even though you know it’s coming, he-he-he (not funny at all though). Okay let’s continue – don’t throw up. As you listen to the record further you will realize a really smooth beat is unravelling before your ears and it in fact feels like it’s taking you somewhere, almost like looking into the future – that’s NOT Komorebi?! that’s the OPPOSITE of Komorebi. Now you are in a magical space between nostalgia and optimism with beautiful sounds coming at you left right and center like only The Watermark High knows how. Three blissful minutes and fifty seconds later, you’ll be in a trance, wondering how you got there and never wanting it to end. It doesn’t have to, just hit repeat and let the good time roll – over and over and over. 

A Sonic Covid Vaccine, Will It Work?


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EXPERIMENTAL REVIEWS


22-09-2021 22:32 GMT


Music Reviews (September 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Experimental artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Experimental performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie music producer, Eisentanz on YouTube


Eisentanz

"SARS CoV2 Antidote Research"
Experimental


A sonic Covid vaccine, will it work?

Another exciting Covid inspired song, this one released right at the start of the pandemic, in April 2020, just over a month after the madness began. In its own subtle ways, it reflects and accurately evokes the state of confusion, chaos, desperation and despair that ensued and that is still very much a reality up till today. In his new record, Swiss music producer and composer Eisentanz showcases the new depths of his artistic intelligence and prowess. If you thought any of his previous masterpieces that were created without a single musical instrument were baffling, mind-boggling and awesome, this will really make you scratch your head. In a whopping 21 minutes and 22 seconds, you’ll hear the world around you differently. Whether you’ll be fully vaxxed at the end of it is still a mystery. Sorry to disappoint you, but it looks like N95s are here to stay.

Dark And Lovely


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FOLK REVIEWS


22-09-2021 20:25 GMT


Music Reviews (September 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Folk artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Folk performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Maud The Moth on Apple Music | Spotify


Maud The Moth

"Orphne"
Folk


Dark and lovely

Don’t you just hate it when entertainment reviewers use big words and make art seem so structured and professional? As if the artist solved a bunch of complex mathematical expressions and then came up with the formula for a new masterpiece and then performed it in one take in a suit and tie while not doing more drugs than Kurt Cobain on a Monday morning after spending the whole of Sunday in church following tea with the Queen and a prior meeting with the Prime Minister? Well, you are about to hate this then. JK, we don’t know any big words; actually we do but we are allergic - they make us itch. But why all this talk about reviewers and big words then? you may ask, getting frustrated. Well, this sensational compact 8 track 2020 masterpiece was the subject of a lot of big words and in fact is still the subject of a lot of very big words today, over 12 months after its release; and it probably will be for many many years to come. 

UK artist Maud the Moth has always been known for her intricate, content-heavy, conceptual and very mindful works. If your favorite artist wears a lot of pink or is Tailor Swift; is popular for twirling chewing gum while rolling her eyes backwards like she lost or forgot something; or can’t stop looking in the mirror to see if her big caboose is still there; then this album will be so complex for your ears and brain to digest that they just might explode. This is one of those albums that is not just an album but an experience. It’s one of those albums that weighs heavier than a pile of books would on the mind. It’s one of those albums you can immediately tell someone put a lot of time and effort into, and probably took years to create. 

But this album is not just complex, it’s also very deep – so deep it's spooky in fact. The minute you hit the play button it’s like you stepped onto the movie set of The Omen in real life, and you are Damien Omen. Wait, that’s not even scary enough. The minute you hit the play button you’ll feel like you are in a satanic temple somewhere where no one knows, late at night, later than midnight and 4:44 AM but many hours away from 5:55; in the middle of a ritual; and you are the sacrifice. Yes! Now that’s scary – it’s that scary. So now that you know, have you got big enough kahunas to hit the play button? Really?! How big are they? Let me see. He-he-he, just kidding. Just hit the play button already will ya! 

Kiss My Heart


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POP REVIEWS


22-09-2021 19:32 GMT


Music Reviews (September 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie singer songwriter, Saachi Sen on YouTube | Apple Music


Saachi Sen

"Don't Say It"
Pop


Kiss my heart

London’s live music scene hasn’t been the same since Saachi Sen blessed it with her awesomeness. With her pure and innocent vocal tones, and carefully written songs guaranteed to brighten up any day and put smiles on faces every single time, Saachi sung her way into the hearts of the UK Capital’s most discerning indie and pop fans and is on her way to becoming a star – but you knew that already didn’t you? Wait, you didn’t? You “don’t say” (pun intended). 

“Don’t Say It”, Saachi’s latest single was released back in the summer of 2020, in the heat of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic which everyone is hoping will just go away already. Like many records released during the time, it doesn’t seem to have received as much promotion as it deserved but it got a lot of love from those who were lucky enough to hear it at the time and the buzz is growing at a much quicker rate now. Like many of the young fast-rising pop star’s tracks this song shows immense artistic growth. It’s bigger, it’s fuller, perfectly structured, and has all the makings of pop hit – except, without the meaningless words and all the pink, and twerking and stuff, thankfully (sigh!). This is one of those songs you can listen to all the way through and not at some point start to feel like you somehow hit your head somewhere during the course of listening to the record and you are now little red riding hood; and you hope the wolf will “eat” you (wink, wink) while wearing your grandma’s clothes and smoking a cigarette; till your "ears pop" (wink, wink) and you too need a cigarrete. Yep, pop music hardly makes much or any sense nowadays if you listen to the lyrics even for a second, but this is good, this is really good. It’s about love, it stays on the subject of love and it feels like it’s about love all the way through – it’s so refreshing and reassuring to hear that there are still artists out there like Saachi who write from the heart, not for Hearts (and Likes). 

Explicit.

What MTV Wants You To Masturbate To


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HIP HOP REVIEWS


17-08-2021 13:45 GMT


Music Reviews (August 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Tamara Bubble on Soundcloud | Spotify


Tamara Bubble

"Superwoman"
Hip Hop


Wow-ie!!

Don't listen to this - it may destroy you


You are not ready for this.

Packs a punch.

The first time you hear this song is the last time you will hear it. Yep, you read what you read right. In fact, here, read it again – the first time you hear this song is the last time you will hear it. See? Your eyes weren't deceiving you after all, you should trust them more. "But why?", you may ask. It’s because every other time you hear it will be a blur and the only thing you’ll remember and feel afterwards is how amazing you felt the first time you heard it. If you haven’t guessed already, you’ll feel pretty superb the first time! Almost like a virgin, but better. 

Sitting comfortably in position number 4 of independent Brooklyn hip hop star Tamara Bubble’s March 2021 album “I May Destroy You”, this record packs a punch that is liable to not only knock you out cold but is also  liable to put the sparkle back in your eyes quicker than a wine cooler – depending on what form you decide to take the “punch” in, hopefully the latter. It’s fast, it’s got bounce, it’s got class, it’s got sass, it's got lyrics, it’s got attitude, and most importantly, it makes sense. 

"So why will it destroy me then?", you may ask. Well, let me explain. Have you ever experienced something so amazing it made you mad? because you feared you'd never be able to live without it again? or experience anything just as amazing? Sadly, that's exactly what this song will do to you if you are not careful. Don't hit the play button if your only source of new music or whatever you call good music is Spotify or Soundcloud's flawed and grossly off music recommendation algorithms - no, I don't like Lil Nas and his stupid full red sexy lips with way too much Vaseline because I listened to Elton John that one time (wait, did I just say Lil Nas had sexy lips? Aww hell no, never watching MTV again). And hell no, I don't listen to Kanye West because somehow it found out I dropped out of high school. Okay scratch that last part, let's just say I didn't go to high school - I went to school high; and leave it at that ey? He-he-he, just kidding, I was awesome at school and I finished - you should too and someday you could be amazing, just like me. So where were we? Ah yes - still letting Spotify and Soundcloud feed you music ey? yuk, yuk, yuk. Let's change that now before you hit the play button and risk living the rest of your life feeling inadequate because all the music you thought was amazing is way below the new bar the song is about to set. The first thing you need to do is bookmark this website and come here every day before even thinking of opening your Spotify or Soundcloud app. The second thing you need to do is go out and buy yourself a CD player - it's a round thing that plays music one album at a time, not 50,000 at a time (oh wait 50 million at a time - geez! Spotify! So good yet so bad). I love sex but I don't even want to have sex with 50 women at a time, that's too much work - it could take days even. I love music and I feel exactly the same way. Have you ordered the CD player? Once it arrives, head down to your local independent record store and interact with some of the cool people you find there - they'll tell you what's really cool, not what MTV wants you to masturbate to - yes, I said it. Okay, so now you are ready obviously. See that green (or white) thingy a little further down below the page that looks like a fake wifi symbol? Hit it really hard and then step away really quick - you're going to feel like you want to shake (twerk) something really bad  immediately.  

Explicit.


.. It's Not About Rick Ross's New Maybach or Cardi B's Soaked Bloomers; Promise


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

11-06-2021 15:22 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Chingy on Apple Music | Spotify


Chingy
"All Capp"
Hip Hop


Be happy

US hip hop artist, Chingy's new single "All Capp" was released during the heat of the Coronavirus pandemic last year ahead of the arrival of his first full-length album in 13 years on the 31st of July the same year. The critically acclaimed track gave rap music fans a taste of what the St. Louis rapper's sound has evolved into over the years and paved the way for the success of the new album. 

Bright, exciting and colorful, it reintroduced hip hop fans to a sound and style that was partly responsible for the genre's exponential growth in popularity during the early part of the millennium, a sound that has never been duplicated up till today and is still very much in demand. 

We've all been through so much over the past year, and if you are a human being (wait, you are human, right?) then you've probably run out of tears and sad songs. But we've made it this far and things are even starting to look up again so we all deserve a song like this to breathe new life into our Spotify playlists, and a pat on the back for not losing it, however we did it - we've earned it. No, it's not another meaningless throwaway hip hop song, about Rick Ross's new Maybach, or Cardi B's soaked bloomers; it's not about drugs or police, fighting, or shooting, eating bananas really slowly or men's right to wear pink; just a fun song about being amazing, being rewarded handsomely and being happy.

Explicit.